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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A parade of sorts took place in Jackson Township Wednesday as residents stood along their streets, front yards, and porches to watch a 280-ton gas turbine being transported to the new CPV plant.

"It's exciting," said Lucy Jackson, a resident. The roughly 40-foot-long and 15-foot-tall turbine made a journey close to 8 miles from the rails in East Conemaugh to the CPV Fairview Energy Center.

"I drove a truck for a lot of years, but that's bigger than I usually seen. It's something amazing," said J.R. Thomas, a resident.

This is the first of 48 heavy hauls heading to the power plant. Construction manager Jeff Ahrens said the work on the plant is ahead of schedule.

"We have another one (turbine) plus the two electric generators associated with those gas turbines coming in, mid- to late June. And then after that, it's going to be the HRSG, which is the heat-recovery steam generator, and then basically a bunch of tubes will come in the months of July and August, ending up with some steam turbine components toward the later half of the year," said Ahren.

Currently, 250 to 300 people are working on the site, and that number is expected to reach 500 later in the year.

The facility will generate enough electricity to power over 1 million homes and businesses. Wednesday's haul took several hours, but went off without a hitch.

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